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A High Carbohydrate Diet for Fatty Liver Disease and Diabetes

2017-02-10 11:03

Yale study slaps down misinformation on the cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Hint: it’s your liver and high carbohydrates are are the cure.

You’re middle aged and that spare tire has grown snugly around your waist. No matter what you do, or how active you are, it’s impossible to shake the extra weight. Blood work confirms your cholesterol is high and blood pressure numbers are rising. What’s more, your doctor prescribed blood pressure medication, a statin and insulin to combat your newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Stunned and amazed, you leave the doctor’s office and diligently start medication in the hopes that you will regain your health. In a moment of reflection you ask yourself, “How did I get to this place of unhealth?” The short answer is – it’s your liver. Through your bouts of weight gain and fatigue, your liver has been trying to get your attention. In doing so, it ultimately led you to your doctor’s office where the recommended treatment is to eat a high protein diet – the very thing that got you into this mess in the first place.

What Causes A Fatty Liver?

There are two types of fatty liver; non-alcoholic fatty liver, which is caused by improper diet, and alcoholic fatty liver, which is caused by a high intake of alcohol. According to the Mayo Clinic a dangerous complication of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver is cirrhosis. But before it gets to that point, there’s usually a diagnosis and long time struggle with Type 2 diabetes.

Fatty Liver Causes Insulin Resistance, Not Vice Versa

According to the American Diabetes Association 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes every year. According to Diabetes Care diabetes is the most common cause of liver disease and cirrhosis in the United States.

But wait. How could diabetes be the cause of liver disease, when fatty liver causes Type 2 diabetes? The answer is it doesn’t. A recent Yale Study has confirmed that insulin resistance is a main factor in the cause of Type 2 diabetes linking fatty liver to Type 2 Diabetes.

The reason there’s weight gain and ultimately a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, is due to insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes is a pre-fatty liver, or fatty liver, that has lost all its glucose. Because the liver is rejecting glucose it’s unable to do its job causing the pancreas to pick up the slack. This overload engages the adrenals, causing them to work double-time pushing out adrenaline and epinephrine, which in the end hinders pancreatic function.

Nothing Takes Down A Healthy Liver Like A High Protein, High Fat Diet, Heavy Metals and Viral Conditions

With health and fitness trends pushing high protein diets for weight loss, you should know that it’s the high protein/high fat diet that ultimately kills a healthy liver over time. While high protein diets are required for building and growth in the young, in the case of the middle aged, high protein diets make your liver fat. Incidentally, animal protein contains fat, even if you’re eating chicken and salmon every night.

There are other potential causes of fatty liver too. Other causes of fatty liver are viral. For example, Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) makes its home in the liver sitting in-wait for years to rear its ugly head. So, if you’ve tested positive for EBV or have had mono it’s a good bet that EBV is a potential contributor to your stagnant and sluggish liver.

Another not so known cause of fatty liver is heavy metal toxicity. These metals are inherited and passed on from generation to generation through a process known in studies as “Epigenic Transgenerational Inheritance”.

Fatty Liver and Type 2 Diabetes Are Completely Reversible!

The silver lining to this burden of health is that both your fatty liver and its cohort Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed using natural treatment. The natural treatment for reversing Type 2 Diabetes is simple; lower fat in the diet, eliminate intake of processed foods and significantly lower your intake of animal protein. When fat is removed consistently in the diet, you will see a remarkable reversal of Type 2 diabetes over time.

Eat High Amounts Of Fruit And Vegetables

The most important and underreported natural treatment for healing and reversing fatty liver and Type 2 Diabetes is increasing your daily intake of carbohydrates instead of limiting them, particularly fruits and vegetables. You may be thinking, “but fruit will spike my sugar levels.” This is misinformation. While sugary fruit juices are known to raise blood sugar levels in diabetics, foods such as berries for example, are incredibly healing and low on the glycemic index scale. In fact, the wild blueberry is known to be adaptogenic and incredibly healing in all disease, as are raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, gooseberries and elderberries.

To cement this fact, a 1991 study published in Diabetes Care demonstrated that a high-carbohydrate/high-fiber diet significantly improves blood glucose control and reduces plasma cholesterol levels in diabetic patients compared with a low-carbohydrate/low-fiber diet. The study highlights that a high-carbohydrate/high-fiber, such as a diet high in fruit and vegetables does not increase plasma insulin and triglyceride concentrations, despite the higher consumption of carbohydrates.

Apples are one of the most popular fast foods on the planet. Apples are also the most convenient fruits to pack and eat. Apples contain enough fiber not to boost sugar levels in diabetics. A good start is to eat three organic apples each day, particularly the red variety, which contain the most nutrition while monitoring sugar levels. As you gain confidence in the fact that eating high amounts of fruit isn’t going to hurt you, you can add other fruits and vegetables to your daily intake over time. Nutritionally speaking, increasing your intake of these good carbs and lowering animal protein and fat will prove more successful in reversing fatty liver and Type 2 Diabetes, than eating your doctor-recommended high-protein diet.



  1. Juanita McCracken on February 11, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    All you eat are fruit and vegetables? What effect would that have on my autoimmune PBC? No protein from meat? No dairy? Do these recommendations apply only to diabetes and fatty liver? Do they apply to autoimmune disease and type 2 diabetes?

    • craig on February 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      I think this article was showing some options for those with FLD and Diabetes. Is it a suitable diet for everyone? Probably not.

    • craig on February 11, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      This article only refers to FLD and diabetes. As with all things liver related there are no absolutes, there are options that may be suitable for some and not others.

  2. Juanita McCracken on February 11, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Will the recommendation of fruit especially apples and vegetables cure my type 2 diabetes? What effect will that have on my autoimmune PBC?

    • craig on February 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      I have no idea….try it??

  3. Juanita McCracken on February 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Do these recommendations about fruits and vegetables have any effect on autoimmune primary biliary cholangitis? Does it include no oil for sauteing? No Dairy? No breads of any kind?

    • craig on February 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      I suggest you contact the author of the article. I just post them, I don’t write them 🙂

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